• Rifle beats out Colorado Springs, four other Colorado communities in bid for new high-tech aerial firefighting center

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Rifle will be the home of the Center for Excellence in Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, a much sought-after state research center expected to revolutionize firefighting in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday. The decision to put the center on the Western Slope...

  • Colorado's economic growth could spark TABOR refunds but limit budget

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Colorado taxpayers can expect to get money back from the state next year in TABOR refunds, but who will get how much - and the timpact that has on the state budget - is up in the air as economists try to navigate a revenue forecast rocked by waves in the oil and gas industry. Aside...

  • Suthers still has big fundraising lead in Colorado Springs mayoral race

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Expect a flood of advertising before the April 7 city election: The 21 candidates have spent more than $140,000 on television, radio, billboard, direct-mail and other advertising scheduled to air or appear during the remaining three weeks before ballots are due. Most candidates...

  • Colorado lawmakers reach deal on immigrant driver's licenses

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    DENVER — A Colorado program that lets immigrants get driver's licenses regardless of their legal status will be operational in three locations around the state instead of one under a deal struck by lawmakers. The compromise agreed to on Wednesday gives the state Department of Revenue...

  • Colorado Springs crews fill 5,000 potholes in 1 week

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Pothole repairs by Colorado Springs streets division crew members have increased more than 80 percent so far this year, according to a city spokeswoman. A stretch of warm temperatures in the city last week allowed a 48-member crew to repair about 5,000 potholes, said Kim Melchor....

  • EPSO lieutenant injured during training exercise at shooting range

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A lieutenant with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office was injured Wednesday during a training exercise. The deputy's name was not released, but he was in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery, according to a press release sent from the Sheriff's Office at 4:45 p.m....

  • A twice-convicted sexual offender's participation at Colorado GOP event raises questions

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A twice-convicted sex offender from El Paso County caused a stir Saturday at the Colorado Republicans' annual organization meeting by attending the event at Douglas County High School in support of the party's new vice chairman Derrick Wilburn. Ryan Call, who presided over the...

  • Gov. Hickenlooper throws his support behind bill to reduce Colorado school testing

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    DENVER - Responding to a rocky year of student protests, angry parents and overwhelmed teachers, Colorado politicians from both bents stood behind a bill to reduce the amount of school testing. "We need a statewide assessment that has very high standards," Gov. John Hickenlooper told...

  • Collins calls ethics complaint a 'witch hunt,' seeks more time to respond

    By Monica Mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins says the ethics complaint filed against her is a "witch hunt" intended to affect the outcome of an effort to get her recalled. Collins, who was elected to the District 4 seat in 2013, is facing an ethics complaint that alleges she...

  • Colorado lawmakers unveil police oversight bills

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado legislators unveiled legislation Tuesday to increase oversight on law enforcement, including expanding the use of body cameras and collecting data on fatal confrontations. In all, legislators are introducing 10 bills spurred by a debate nationally and in Colorado...

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